I was born in Tashkent, the capitol city of Uzbekistan, in 1963. I started playing cello and piano at the age of 6 in a school for gifted children, the Uspensky School. My teacher was the principal cellist of the opera, Vladimir Pover, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory. At the end of high school, I was accepted to the Genessins Musical Academy in Mosow. For 5 years, my professor was Victor Simon, a student of Simeon Kozolupov, the founder of the modern Russian cello school. My professor, who until today is principal cello of the Moscow Radio Orchestra, holds the decoration of People's Artist of Russia.
At the age of 22 I moved to Moldavia where I became principal cello of the Moldavian Opera Theater and principal of the Moldavian Radio Chamber Orchestra. In 1990, I brought my family to Israel and joined first the Rishon LeZion Orchestra and later the Camerata Ensemble of Rehovot under Avner Biron. I was accepted into the IPO in 1992. I am always busy playing chamber music and was fortunate to have excellent instructors in Moscow, Alexander Reez and Valeri Somolotov. I was a founding member of the Tel Aviv Chamber Music Ensemble and today a member of the Israel Philharmonic String Quartet with my colleagues Ilya Konovalov, Roman Spitzer and Schmuel Glaser. On the IPO chamber music series, I've appeared with Maxim Vengerov, Gil Shacham, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Axe and Sayaka Soji. Alexandra, my wife, is an excellent pianist, my accompaniest and my favorite chamber music partner. We have one son in the air force, and my daughter is a violinist.